Dodger Sleepwalk Through 9-1 Loss

The Dodgers acted as if they had played a doubleheader the evening before -- wait a minute, they almost did play a doubleheader and in winning the 17-inning marathon it ill-prepared them for the series with then-second place Arizona. The result was a 9-1 no-contest that dumped Los Angeles out of first place. Their single run in the eighth gave them two runs in their last 20 innings.

It was the worst -- and last -- game of April and they were in no condition to be facing Cy Young winner Brandon Webb and to acerbate the situation, the sewer backed up in the clubhouse about the time the game started.

Webb retired 16 on either a strikeout or a ground ball before leaving in the seventh inning. He gave up two hits through six and only threw 90 pitches before leaving the rest of the game to his bullpen in the eighth.

Both the game and the dressing room were stinkers. "It was a dirty night all around," said former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez.

Wolf was tacked for three runs in the fifth inning and couldn't get out of the sixth, being charged with 10 hits and six runs. Rudy Seanez finished the inning and allowed a run in the seventh. Fifth starter Brett Tomko was called in to help and he gave up two before Joe Beimel mercifully ended the evening.

Arizona won it's sixth in a row, kicking the game off when Chris Young hit the second pitch of the contest out of the park. The Snakes finished the game with 17 hits and received 6 walks, leaving 16 teammates on the bases.

Wolf took one for the pitching-strapped team, working well beyond the point of no return as six Diamondbacks had multiple hits.

"I was fighting myself all game," Wolf said. "I couldn't throw a curveball for a strike to save my life. I wasn't very good even when they weren't scoring runs. There weren't any 1-2-3 innings. All around, I just didn't pitch well at all."

Russell Martin, after 17 innings behind the plate Sunday, got the day off and veterans Jeff Kent, Nomar Garciaparra and Rafael Furcal were excused early.

The Dodgers finished 15-11 in April, but lost six of their last eight and slipped out of first place for the first time since April 15 and fell below .500 at home.

Brad Penny (3-0, 1.95) will attempt to stop the charging Diamondbacks tonight and opposes Livan Hernandez (2-1, 3.94).
 Score by innings
Arizona	        100 032 120-9	
Los Angeles	000 000 100-1

 Dodgers	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	2  0  0  0  .203
 Valdez ph-ss	2  0  0  0  .262
Pierre cf	3  0  0  0  .274
Garciaparra 1b	3  0  0  0  .307
 Tomko p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Clark rf	1  0  0  0  .276
Kent 2b	        2  0  0  0  .319
 Anderson ph-2b	2  1  1  0  .267
Gonzalez lf	3  0  1  0  .276
Betemit 3b	3  0  0  0  .125
Ethier rf	3  0  2  1  .250
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .205
Lieberthal c	4  0  1  0  .143
Wolf p	        2  0  0  0  .182
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .176
    Totals	32 1  5 1
    Arizona	42 9 17 9

 2B- Ethier (4). RBI- Ethier (11). 
LOB- Dodgers 9, Arizona 16.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Wolf (2-3)	5.2  10  6-6  4  5  5.05
Seanez	        1.1   4  1-1  1  3  3.77
Tomko	        0.2   3  2-2  2  1  3.75
Beimel	        1.1   0  0-0  0  2  2.51
 HBP- by Wolf 1. T_ 3:02. Att- 53,128.
Record Night-- In the past 50 years (since 1958), only five teams have accomplished what the Dodgers pulled off Sunday. In the 17-inning game, the relief corps allowed just three baserunners in more than 10 scoreless innings of work. The last time a team did that was the Red Sox on Aug. 20, 1997, in a game in which Nomar Garciaparra played. Coaching first base that day for the Red Sox Dave Jauss, while Manager Dave Little was Boston's bench coach. Prior to that, the only other teams to accomplish that feat were the Indians (April 27, '84), Tigers (Aug. 24, '63) and the Dodgers (July 9, '59). In that 1959 game for Los Angeles, Roger Craig pitched 11 innings of relief and allowed just three hits.

The combined bullpens allowed one run (unearned) in 22.2 innings. The Padres have played six home games of at least 17 innings and they've lost all of them. No other team in major league history has lost as many as five straight home games of that length, although both the Cubs (dating back to 1982) and Dodgers (since 1973) have lost each of their last four such games.

Of course, the granddaddy of all extra inning games was played on this date (May 1) in Boston when the Dodgers and Braves struggled through 25 innings and finished in a 1-1 tie. Leon Cadore (Dodgers) and Joe Oeschger (Braves) pitched complete games.

*M*A*S*H* 4077-- Jason Schmidt reports his arm is feeling "better" but there are still miles to go before we see him again on the mound. …Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo came out of his two-inning injury rehab start Sunday in Las Vegas with no problems, according to Little, and will extend the next start to three or four innings probably Wednesday. Yhency Brazoban also was said to be feeling fine and will get the acid test on his rebuilt elbow when he pitches on back-to-back days Wednesday and Thursday in Las Vegas for the first time. If that goes well, he could be ready to be activated. …First-base coach Mariano Duncan will miss this series attending to the funeral of his father in the Dominican Republic and Minor League baserunning and outfield coordinator Gene Clines was called up to fill in. Duncan is expected to rejoin the club in Atlanta on Friday night. …Luis Gonzalez hit his fourth homer of the year Sunday and the 327th career homer as a left fielder. Only three players in Major League history have more homers than Gonzalez at that position, according to David Vincent of the Society of American Baseball Research -- Barry Bonds (699), Ted Williams (477) and Ralph Kiner (334). Rounding out the Top Five is Babe Ruth with 313.

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